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Andrew M. Cuomo

No mo’ Cuomo! The governor resigns

By Editors' Choice

By Herb Boyd Special to IBW Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned Tuesday afternoon, a decision that was inevitable given the weight of more than a hundred pages of an attorney general report, the credible testimony of 11 women and their allegations of sexual harassment as well as a criminal complaint filed by one of his aides. And this may be only the beginning of the charges against the three-term governor, his…

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Runoko Rashidi

Runoko Rashidi, intrepid scholar of the global African presence

By Commentaries/Opinions, News & Current Affairs

By Herb Boyd — There is an abundance of serious scholars in the African American canon, but few as intrepid, wide-ranging, and resourceful as Runoko Rashidi. When you have interviewed John G. Jackson, edited Ivan Van Sertima, and challenged the conclusions of Cheikh Anta Diop as Rashidi did, then your credentials are unquestionable. An obituary states that Rashidi passed on August 2, and yes he passed our way but his…

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Bob Moses

Bob Moses, Civil Rights legend and mathematician, dead 86

By News & Current Affairs

By Herb Boyd — The late James Forman, in his book The Making of Black Revolutionaries, signaled the arrival of Bob Moses to the civil rights movement. “A New York school teacher, Moses had quit his job and begun to work full time in Mississippi voter registration. He did not attend the workshop [preparing volunteers] but his ideas would soon feed into the mainstream of Southern students thinking about what forms…

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Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Organize, organize, organize,” said Mumia Abu-Jam al

By Editors' Choice

By Herb Boyd and Autodidact 17 — There was an overflow crowd of supporters Saturday afternoon at the People’s Forum near Penn Station to hear a panel of speakers on an update on the condition of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Many were surprised to learn that Abu-Jamal, who has been behind bars since 1981, would be addressing them via telephone. Spectators were hardly in their seats when Mumia’s rich, sonorous…

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Angela Davis

Iconic activist Angela Davis snubbed in her hometown

By News & Current Affairs

By Herb Boyd, New York Amsterdam News — Back in September of last year, noted scholar and activist Angela Davis was to receive the prestigious Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights award at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s annual gala in February. Jan. 4, the BCRI caved in to pressure they say came from within and without to rescind its invitation, which has spurred an outrage from a number of community activists….

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Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal Granted a Reargue Appeal

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Herb Boyd — “First you say you do/ Then you don’t. Then you say you will/Then you won’t/ You’re undecided now/ So what are you gonna do.” This indecision may work well in a popular song of yore, but it does little to end the 35 years former Black Panther and radio commentator Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent behind bars. On Thursday a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge ruled that Abu-Jamal who…

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Dr. King’s “tough love” to the Trump regime

By Commentaries/Opinions

  By Herb Boyd — There is the imminent convergence of two very interesting dates: On Jan. 15th the nation celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and five days later Donald Trump is inaugurated as America’s 45th president. Given the proximity of these developments, one wonders how Dr. King would feel about Trump’s ascendance and what reservations he would have about the new administration and its impact…

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IBW Hosts Pan-African Unity Dialogue in New York

By News & Current Affairs

Seven years ago the Institute of the Black World 21st Century launched its first Annual Marcus Garvey Commemorative Meeting and Pan-African Unity Dialogue (PAUD). Last Saturday morning at Local 1199 SEIU more than fifty invitees assembled to pay tribute to what would have been Garvey’s 127th birthday and also to continue the IBW’s mission to bring together individuals representing various Black world diaspora communities for the purpose of dialogue and coordinated actions.

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